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Responsibly Resuming Evictions: New Procedures and Resources

Course Overview:

This webcast was developed by the Court Operations During COVID-19 Task Force of the Illinois Judicial Conference.

The Illinois Supreme Court and the Governor’s office have coordinated efforts to allow for an orderly phase out of the Governor’s residential eviction moratorium. At the same time, a significant amount of federal, state, and local resources have been directed at assisting landlords and tenants (e.g., up to 12 months of back rent or $25,000 for a qualifying household). This training is aimed to provide information to judges and court staff about what types of eviction cases may (1) be filed, (2) proceed to dispositive hearing or trial, and (3) be enforced once an eviction order is entered and the relevant timeframes for each new phase of the eviction moratorium.

Further, representatives from the Department of Human Services (DHS) and Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA), who are distributing the bulk of the state’s rental assistance funds, as well as Illinois Equal Justice Foundation (IEJF), who is funding statewide legal aid and mediation programs for eviction litigants, will provide information on how courts can refer litigants to these substantial resources and help facilitate the efficient resolution of the impending surge of eviction cases.

As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Preside over residential eviction cases in compliance with the Illinois Supreme Court’s and Governor’s coordinated phase out of the state eviction moratorium;
  • Understand temporary changes made to authorize and encourage judicial circuits to launch eviction early resolution programs; and
  • Identify the substantial resources available and how courts can best connect eviction litigants to these resources.